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One of the questions we get asked a lot around here is, "should I get two cats?" or "should I get another cat to keep my current cat company?" I'd say yes on both fronts.
Domestic cats are very social animals and it's been documented many times in the past that single cats can become depressed and even cause damage to your house due to being bored. Obviously I'm generalizing but I do speak from experience.
When two cats are together, they keep each other company and often play together. The positive for the cats is that they are never alone and the positive for you is you get to observe years of fun loving play between nature's most lovable animals.
If you're planning on getting two cats, take the time to bond with each cat or do what me and my wife did; claim one cat for yourself. I'm not sure if we claimed the cats or if they claimed us.
It's really important that your cat understands his or her place within the household. If one of your cats feels excluded because you've spent more time with the other cat, take the time to play with the excluded cat and make them feel more welcome. Go to extremes if you have to, if the excluded cat isolates herself, make an effort to get her and place her in the room where you are. Literally pick her up and place her with you if you have to.
Sounds crazy eh? All of this for a cat? Well if you're here and reading this, I don't have to tell you how sensitive and how incredibly intelligent these animals are.
I'd love to hear your stories on having two cats in the house. Feel free to share below.
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Probably the most frustrating part of cat ownership (especially when they are kittens) is their propensity to scratch your furniture, carpet, drapes or anything else they can get their little paws into. Cats have claws which in a sense gives them certain behavioral urges. In the wild, cats scratch tree trunks to sharpen their claws and it also serves as a warning to other cats when they transfer their scent. Your home isn't the wild right? So how can do we fix this behavior? Here are a couple of suggestions:
Be patient with your cat when it comes to scratching discipline. Don't yell and don't run up to them in a fury! You'll simply startle your cat and you probably won't fix the situation. Gently take your cat to the scratching post that you have purchased for him. Praise him (by petting or your happy voice) when he scratches his post. This teaches your cat he should be scratching the cat scratch post as opposed to your $2000 sofa. The key with cat discipline is rewarding them with positive reinforcement.Click here for our past posts, our archives have hundreds of helpful cat information posts for cat lovers. Please subscribe to our RSS feed if you're a cat person that likes cat related information, cat care advice and news.
Worried about property damage from cats? Trimming your cat's claws is the best way to avoid it.
Trimming your cat's claws is safe and easy. And it is much healthier for your cat than declawing - which is slicing off their fingers, leaving them in pain, emotionally damaged and unable to walk properly.
Ok, this guy has a very well trained F2 (second generation) Savannah male. I've never seen a cat so comfortable with having his claws cut! This is a good demonstration of how to cut your cat's claws. But if you don't have a cat that sits on a pedestal and gives you his paw, then keep watching.
This guy also has an F1 Savannah female who is not as laid back about having her nails trimmed. He demonstrates how to hold her through the process. Every cat owner has to trim the nails regularly to prevent property damage from cats. Also, if you opt in to get nail caps for cats, you have to trim regularly.